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In the biggest roadblock yet to NVIDIA’s proposed acquisition of Arm, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this afternoon that the regulatory body will be suing to block the merger. Citing concerns over the deal “stifling the innovation pipeline for next-generation technologies”, the FTC is moving to scuttle the $40 billion deal in order to protect the interests of the wider marketplace. The deal with current Arm owner SoftBank was first announced in September of 2020, where at the time SoftBank had been shopping Arm around in an effort to either sell or spin-off the technology IP company. And while NVIDIA entered into the deal with bullish optimism about being able to close it without too much trouble, the company has since...

Update: PCI Express 6.0 Draft 0.71 Released, Final Release by End of Year

Update 07/02: Albeit a couple of days later than expected, the PCI-SIG has announced this morning that the PCI Express draft 0.71 specification has been released for member review...

103 by Ryan Smith on 7/2/2021

Update on Intel Sapphire Rapids in 2022: Q1 for Production, Q2 for Ramp, H1 Launch

In the news cycle today, Intel is announcing an update to its planned deployment of its next generation Xeon Scalable platform known as Sapphire Rapids. Sapphire Rapids is the...

34 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/29/2021

Intel to Launch Next-Gen Sapphire Rapids Xeon with High Bandwidth Memory

As part of today’s International Supercomputing 2021 (ISC) announcements, Intel is showcasing that it will be launching a version of its upcoming Sapphire Rapids (SPR) Xeon Scalable processor with...

150 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/28/2021

AMD EPYC Milan Review Part 2: Testing 8 to 64 Cores in a Production Platform

It’s been a few months since AMD first announced their new third generation EPYC Milan server CPU line-up. We had initially reviewed the first SKUS back in March, covering...

58 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/25/2021

Intel to Create RISC-V Development Platform with SiFive P550 Cores on 7nm in 2022

As part of SiFive’s announcements today, along with enabling SiFive IP on Intel’s Foundry Service offerings, Intel will be creating its own RISC-V development platform using its 7nm process...

35 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/22/2021

Intel Licenses SiFive’s Portfolio for Intel Foundry Services on 7nm

Today’s announcement from SiFive comes in two parts; this part is significant as it recognizes that Intel will be enabling SiFive’s IP portfolio on its 7nm manufacturing process for...

7 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/22/2021

DIY on Intel Ice Lake Xeon Just Got A Little Closer

Since the launch of Intel’s Third Generation Xeon Scalable Ice Lake processors in April, it was widely expected that the initial volumes of hardware would be going towards Intel’s...

25 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/18/2021

Google Announces AMD Milan-based Cloud Instances - Out with SMT vCPUs?

Today Google is announcing a new Cloud instance based on AMD Milan – but beyond the new hardware, it’s really what’s behind the new performance numbers which is what...

22 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/17/2021

Best CPUs for Workstations: June 2021

Sometimes choosing a CPU is hard. So we've got you covered. In our CPU Guides, we give you our pick of some of the best processors available, supplying data...

55 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/10/2021

An AnandTech Interview with TSMC: Dr. Kevin Zhang and Dr. Maria Marced

In the past week, TSMC ran its 2021 Technology Symposium, covering its latest developments in process node technology designed to improve the performance, costs, and capabilities for its customers...

28 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/8/2021

AMD Demonstrates Stacked 3D V-Cache Technology: 192 MB at 2 TB/sec

The AMD team surprised us here. What seemed like a very par-for-the-course Computex keynote turned into an incredible demonstration of what AMD is testing in the lab with TSMC’s...

93 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/31/2021

AMD Ryzen 5000G: Zen 3 APUs for Desktop Coming August 5th

Back in April of this year, AMD announced its new series of Ryzen 5000G processors with integrated graphics. These processors were an upgrade over the previous generation of 4000G...

35 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/31/2021

Computex 2021: AMD's Keynote, a Live Blog (10pm ET)

When the big trade shows roll around, this is the time for the big companies in our sphere to announce their next biggest hardware, or update us on what...

34 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/31/2021

Intel at Computex 2021: Tiger Lake-U Refresh, Mediatek 5G Solutions, NUC 11 Extreme

Due to the global pandemic, this year’s annual Computex event in Taiwan is being held virtually, but all the big-name companies have keynotes to present their latest news and...

38 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/30/2021

Computex 2021: Intel's Keynote, a Live Blog (10pm ET)

This year is a busy one for Intel. A new CEO at the start of the year, a commitment to 7nm, and then the launch of new desktop Rocket...

48 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/30/2021

An Interview with Tenstorrent: CEO Ljubisa Bajic and CTO Jim Keller

Many billions have been poured into the industry when it comes to AI processor development. If you were to list the number of AI processors currently in development or...

130 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/27/2021

Arm Announces Mobile Armv9 CPU Microarchitectures: Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710 & Cortex-A510

Today Arm is announcing a whole cluster of Armv9 client CPUs: The Cortex-X2: A flagship core with more performance and deeper OOO, the Cortex-A710: a power-efficient performance core, and...

182 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/25/2021

Ampere Roadmap Update: Switching to In-House CPU Designs, 128+ 5nm Cores in 2022

Today we’re seeing an Ampere roadmap update: Beyond 128-core Altra Max perf reiterations, and announcing a Microsoft cloud win, the company discloses they’re switching from Neoverse to a new...

160 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/19/2021

Hot Chips 33 (2021) Schedule Announced: Alder Lake, IBM Z, Sapphire Rapids, Ponte Vecchio

Once a year the promise of super hot potatoes graces the semiconductor world. Hot Chips in 2021 is set to be held virtually for the second successive year, and...

33 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/18/2021

Intel 11th Generation Core Tiger Lake-H Performance Review: Fast and Power Hungry

Conclusion: Powerful, but Power Hungry After last week’s reveal of Tiger Lake-H, today’s results put things into context for Intel’s new high-end enthusiast mobile platform. The new design follows roughly...

229 by Brett Howse & Andrei Frumusanu on 5/17/2021

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